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"We're Sailing Down the River," Lyrics, Text Format



Advanced syncopation in 6/8, tempo change to 2/4, and a distinct sounding interval So\Ti (minor 6th).

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  • Grade: Fourth

  • Origin: USA - Sea Chantey, Play Party*, Folk Song

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 6/8 and 2/4

  • Form: staves: ABCDCE - song: ABA

  • Rhythm: advanced: 6/8: | ta ti ta ti | syncopation, | ti ta/a ti | syncopation, | ta/a ti | ti ta/ ti ti | syncopation, | ta/ ta/ | ta/a (ti) |
    2/4: | ti ti ri ti ri ti ri | syncopation, | ti ti ti ti |

  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi So

  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi/So8\Mi (m3), Do\So (P4), La/Do\La (m3), So\Ti (m6), Ti/Re (m3), So8\Do (P5)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, pickup beat, time signature change from 6/8 to 2/4 (tempo increase), three eight notes equal one dotted quarter note, syncopation, D.C. al Fine, Fine

  • Key Words: USA - history, play party song, social dancing, sea chanty, USA geography: Ohio River; sailing, down below, jump, over, middle; contraction: can't (cannot), we're (we are)

* Play-party: social event for singing and dancing, when dancing was banned by religion in the southern and mid-western United States.

 

"We're Sailing Down the River"

We're sailing down the river,
We're sailing down below,

We're sailing down the river,
On the Ohio.


Two in the middle and you can't jump over!
Two in the middle and you can't jump over!
Two in the middle and you can't jump over!
Oh, Miss Susan Brown!

 

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